William Becknell: Opening The Trail

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William Becknell opened up the Santa Fe Trail, between the Missouri River and the Mexican provincial capital of Santa Fe, in the fall of 1821. The route played a major role in bringing people, goods, and ideas to and from Santa Fe for the next 59 years. However, the Santa Fe Trail was rarely a static entity, because both the route across the plains and the eastern terminus of the trail was constantly in flux. This was especially true during the last 15 years of the trail’s history, when the westward push of the railroads incrementally shortened the distance between Santa Fe and the most recently-built, end-of-track, “hell on wheels” railroad town.

National Park Service trails staff  have compiled a series of 22 maps that collectively attempt to answer the question, “At any given time during the trail’s history, what were the trail’s endpoints, and what was the shortest or most direct way for travelers to go to or from Santa Fe via this trail?”

These maps do not attempt to show every route; instead, only the most likely routes have been shown.

NationalParkService.”Travel the Trail:Map Timeline 1821-1845″.

http://www.nps.gov/safe/learn/historyculture/map-timeline.htm

The Great Prairie Highway

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You can almost hear the whoops and cries of “All’s set!” as trail hands hitched their oxen to freight wagons carrying cargo between western Missouri and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Follow the Santa Fe National Historic Trail through five states and you’ll find adventure and evidence of past travelers who made this remarkable trip before you!

 

Love On The Trail

“In 1851, Marion Sloan made her first journey on the Santa Fe Trail, travelling with her mother, Eliza, and older brother Will, to Santa Fe where Eliza ran a boardinghouse on a corner of the Santa Fe Plaza (where the Fine Arts Museum stands now). One spring afternoon as she was walking home from school, Marion met Col. Kit Carson. He became a boarder at her mother’s place whenever he was in town on business. His pet name for her was “Maid Marion” and they would often walk hand-in-hand around the Plaza.

In her teens, Marion visited Fort Union, northeast of Las Vegas, and met and fell in love with Lt. Richard Russell. One day he rode to Santa Fe and, finding her at the Post Office, he proposed. They were wed in the military chapel at Fort Union with Kit Carson as a witness. After he was mustered out of the Army, they settled on a ranch in the Stonewall Valley, west of Trinidad, Colorado.

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“Pioneer Women on the Santa Fe Trail” Sangres.

http://www.sangres.com/national-trails/santafetrail/womenoftrail01.htm#.VjuoVqKjcZ8

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Wagonmaster

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William H. Hagan, from Kentucky who later moved to Missouri,  was a “Trail Captain” on the Santa Fe Trail, also called a WagonMaster. He wasn’t a WagonMaster to start off with; he was working for a freighting firm around the 1850’s of West, Majors, Russell and Waddell. Mr. Hagan signed on for a round trip on the Santa Fe Trail. The Wagon train consisted of about twenty-five to thirty wagons. He went on the trip with another man in charge as WagonMaster. After the journey the WagonMaster took off to the California gold rush and William H. Hagan became the WagonMaster or as called the “Trail Captain”. He was trail captain until 1874.

Conference Schedule

 

Santa Fe Trail Travelers and Their Descendants

June 15-18, 2016

Schedule Outline

 

Wednesday, June 15 Ilfeld Auditorium

1 – 6 PM                                  Registration

4:30 PM                                   The Santa Fe Trail: An Enduring Legacy (Speaker, Henrietta Christmas?)

6:30 PM                                   Opening Reception – Mixer (Heavy Snacks, no program)

7:30 PM                                   Santa Fe Trail Movie

 

Thursday, June 16 Ilfeld Auditorium

8:00 – 12:00 AM                   Registration

8:30 – 10:00 AM                   (3 descendant speakers)

10:00 AM                                Break

10:30 – 12:00                        (3 descendant speakers)

12:00PM                                 Lunch NMHU Student Union Ballroom and outside patio

1:00 – 2:30 PM                      (3 descendant speakers)

2:30 PM                                   Break

3:00 – 4:30 PM                      (3 descendant speakers)

6:00 PM                                   Dinners and Programs (Reenactors, Music) (Family Gatherings)

 

Friday, June 17 Ilfeld Auditorium and Fort Union National Monument

8:00 – 12:00 AM                    Registration

8:30 – 10:00 AM                    (3 descendant speakers)

10:00 AM                                  Break

10:30 – 12:00                          (3 descendant speakers)

12:00 PM                                  Lunch NMHU Student Union Ballroom and outside patio

1:00 – 2:30 PM                       (3 descendant speakers)

2:30 PM                                    Break

3:00 – 4:30 PM                        (3 descendant speakers)

6:00 PM                                    Buffalo Dinner and Music      Fort Union National Monument

 

Saturday, June 18  Fort Union National Monument

Fort Union Days

9:00 – 12:00 AM                   Santa Fe Trail Speakers

12:00 AM                                 Lunch (Vendors)

2:00 PM                                   Programs

 

Sunday, June 19     Fort Union National Monument

Fort Union Days

 

Conference Speakers

The confirmed Speakers and days they will speak for The Santa Fe Trail Travelers and Their Descendants Conference is as follows:

Wednesday June 15, 2016

  • Henrietta Martinez Christmas

Thursday/Friday June 16-17, 2016

Descendants

  • James Abreu                                      Abreu, Wildenstein, Beaubien
  • Tony Jaurez                                       Antonio Chavez
  • George Bayless                                 Mary Donoho
  • Karl Laumbach                                 Eberle Laumbach
  • Mary Penner                                      Henry O’Neil
  • Sandra Hess                                       Ezekiel Williams
  • Gloria Martinez                                May Hays
  • Michael Taylor                                  Romero
  • Mary Kimball Outten                       Lopez
  • Janell McQuirtty                               Dick Wooten
  • Charles Becknell                              William Becknell
  • John Grassham                                 Beaubien
  • Christine St. Vrain                           St. Vrain
  • Larry Marken                                   Alexander Grzelachowski

Saturday June 18, 2016 at Fort Union 

  • Francois-Marie Patorni                   French Fur Trappers
  • Timothy Kimball                              1846 German Soldiers
  • Blain Bachman                                  Mormon Battalion

Santa Fe Trail Travelers and Their Descendants Conference

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Santa Fe Trail Travelers and Their Descendants Conference

June 15-18, 2016, Las Vegas, NM

The emphasis of the conference will be descendants of the Santa Fe Trail Travelers telling family stories of ancestors who plied the trail. The schedule is filling; we hope to identify a few more descendants of travelers from Missouri who returned and lived out their lives there. Following descendants presentations in Las Vegas, the conference will shift to Fort Union National Monument for presentations and activities concerning the role of the fort and its people in Santa Fe Trail traffic.

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Santa Fe Trail Travelers and Their Descendants Conference

Santa Fe Trail Travelers and Their Descendants Conference

June 15-18, 2016, Las Vegas, NM

The emphasis of the conference will be descendants of the Santa Fe Trail Travelers telling family stories of ancestors who plied the trail. The schedule is filling; we hope to identify a few more descendants of travelers from Missouri who returned and lived out their lives there. Following descendants presentations in Las Vegas, the conference will shift to Fort Union National Monument for presentations and activities concerning the role of the fort and its people in Santa Fe Trail traffic.